Heritage of the Blues: Phone Booth

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Heritage of the Blues: Phone Booth features highlights from modern bluesman Robert Cray's two records he recorded for Hightone at the beginning of his career. When he burst on the scene in the early '80s, Cray's soulful blues really caught on with blues fans who were looking for a modern voice and a modern sound. Songs like "Phone Booth" and "The Grinder" were rooted in the real blues but given a light, almost pop sheen that made them easy to swallow. This collection has six songs each from 1983's Bad Influence and 1985's False Accusations. Bad Influence is the better record of the two, and the songs from the album ("Phone Booth," "Don't Touch Me," "Bad Influence," the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Heritage of the Blues: Phone Booth features highlights from modern bluesman Robert Cray's two records he recorded for Hightone at the beginning of his career. When he burst on the scene in the early '80s, Cray's soulful blues really caught on with blues fans who were looking for a modern voice and a modern sound. Songs like "Phone Booth" and "The Grinder" were rooted in the real blues but given a light, almost pop sheen that made them easy to swallow. This collection has six songs each from 1983's Bad Influence and 1985's False Accusations. Bad Influence is the better record of the two, and the songs from the album ("Phone Booth," "Don't Touch Me," "Bad Influence," the Stax-influenced cover of Eddie Floyd's "Got to Make a Comeback," "The Grinder," and "Where Do I Go from Here") are more immediate and sound much more inspired, especially Cray's solos, which sting like angry bees. And although they are over-produced, the songs from False Accusations ("Porch Light," "The Last Time [I Get Burned Like This]," "Playin' in the Dirt," "Change of Heart," "Payin' for It Now," and "I've Slipped Her Mind") are still strong, with "Porch Light" in particular equal to the songs from the previous record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928816427
  • Catalog Number: 8164
  • Sales rank: 100,985

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Cray Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Peter Boe Keyboards
Richard Cousins Bass
David II Percussion, Tenor Saxophone
Nolan Andrew Smith Trumpet
Technical Credits
Robert Cray Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Bob Stone Remastering
D. Amy Composer
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Richard Cousins Composer
Bill Dashiell Engineer
David II Horn Arrangements
Larry Sloven Executive Producer
Mike Vannice Composer
D. Walker Composer
Dennis Walker Composer, Producer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Composer
Sam Ling Composer
Joe Shamwell Composer
M. Davis Composer
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